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SUEÑO AND BASCOM NOVEL, A 13
The Line
By (author): Martin Limon
9781641290890 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / War & Military Sep 10, 2019
$20.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.48 x 1.01 in 416 pages Soho Press Soho Crime
George Sueño and Ernie Bascom return for their thirteenth outing, which takes them from Seoul to the DMZ in their most politically charged murder case yet.

The Korean Demilitarized Zone, 1970s: A battered corpse is found a few feet north of the line dividing North and South Korea. When 8th Army CID Agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom pull the body to the South Korean side on orders from their superiors, they have no idea of the international conflict their action will spark. Before war breaks out, they must discover who killed Corporal Noh Jong-bei, a young Korean soldier working with the US Army.
 
The murderer could be on either side of the DMZ. But without cooperation between the governments involved, how can two US military agents interrogate North Korean witnesses? What George and Ernie discover gets them pulled off the case, but fearing they’ve put the wrong man behind bars, they disobey orders in an attempt to discover the truth.

Story Locale: 1970s Korea

Series Overview: Sergeant George Sueño and his partner, Ernie Bascom, are stationed in Korea with the US 8th Army in the 1970s. They investigate crimes in which US Army personnel might have been involved. Meanwhile, George finds Korea and its culture fascinating, and does what he can to soften the bad opinion of Americans in Korea.

CULUTRAL RELEVANCE: Korean sociopolitical tensions between the North, the South, and the US are constantly in the news cycle. The plot of this novel deals directly with the drama at the DMZ.

UNUSUAL SETTING: A vividly portrayed backdrop of 1970s post-war Korea, the novels show both empathy for the Korean people as well for the young GIs dropped into a foreign culture.

LIKABLE PROTAGONISTS: Sueño is a Mexican-American from Los Angeles, a huge potential market with few positive representations in literature.

VETERAN LOVE: Veterans and military readers love the authentic portrayal of army life from the veteran author.

Martin Limón retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of thirteen other Sueño and Bascom investigations: Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, Buddha’s Money, The Door to Bitterness, The Wandering Ghost, GI Bones, Mr. Kill, The Joy Brigade, The Iron Sickle, The Ville Rat, Ping-Pong Heart, The Nine-Tailed Fox, and GI Confidenital, as well as the short story collection Nightmare Range. He lives near Seattle.

Author Residence: Seattle, WA

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Marketing: Series-wide promotion on our mystery vertical, www.discovermysteries.com, with corresponding digital spend.

Digital advertising to fans of military crime fiction.

Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.



Publicity: We will be focusing on building up the already long list of military/VA/National Guard media outlets that cover Martin’s work.

Praise for The Line

“A fascinating inside look at Korean culture as well as the world of overseas Army personnel in the late 1970s.”
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“The thirteenth novel in this outstanding series is one of Martin Limon’s best…[Limon] brings an authenticity to the stories of soldiers caught in the machinery of the post-War era…It is all told with an irreverent humor, yet the tension never lets up.”
—Deadly Pleasures Magazine

“Limón’s fiction comes from personal experience, with some obvious parallels between his own life and main protagonist Sueño’s. As well as sharing a Hispanic heritage, Limón also served in Korea, first arriving in 1968…Rare foreign fiction set in Korea.”
—The Korea Times

“Superb…Limón has never been better at incorporating a logical mystery plot into the politics of his chosen time and place.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“One of the most powerful episodes in an always-strong series.”
—Booklist, Starred Review

“[The Line] entertains with its easy banter and fascinates with deep insight into its precise historical moment.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“I have read every Limón book since 1992’s Jade Lady Burning, and I have every intention of continuing to do so; they are that good.”
—Bruce Tierney, BookPage

“Acclaimed author and army vet Martin Limón again hits the target with his 13th military murder mystery.”
—Critics on the Aisle

Praise for the Sueño and Bascom Investigations

 
“Limón is one of the best military writers ever. His stories are addictive entertainment today—and valuable slices of history tomorrow.”
—Lee Child
 
“An enduring and freshly relevant series…Limón, himself a former US Army man who served 10 years in Korea, writes with knowledge of the travails and rewards of military life.”
The Wall Street Journal
 
 “Limón is an expert guide to Korea and the US army whose passionate commitment to his subject is expressed in direct, searing prose.”
—John Burdett, international bestselling author of Bangkok 8
 
“As always, the author vividly contrasts adventures in the seamy side of Seoul’s nightlife with a sensitive appreciation for Korea’s ancient culture.”
The Seattle Times
 
“Altogether engaging.”
The Washington Post Book World

“A fast-paced, action-packed yarn that will keep you glued to your seat from the first page to the last.”
San Antonio Express-News

Praise for The Nine-Tailed Fox

“An enduring and freshly relevant series…Limón, himself a former US Army man who served 10 years in Korea, writes with knowledge of the travails and rewards of military life.”
The Wall Street Journal  

“​Clever plotting and superior characterizations lift this suspenseful, atmospheric installment.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review ​ 

“A fast-paced, action-packed yarn that will keep you glued to your seat from the first page to the last.”
—San Antonio Express-News​

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